lundi 27 août 2012

Fringe Writers Festival

To be held Sunday 23 September at the Harold Park Hotel in Glebe, Sydney
Here are our festival guests...

ANDY PALMER has worked in Australian book publishing for over 25 years at Pan Macmillan, HarperCollins Publishers, Simon & Schuster Australia and Hachette Australia. For eight years he ran Publicity Matters, a Sydney-based PR agency specialising in books and writers. In that time he was the Sydney Writers' Festival publicist for two years and federal government's Books Alive (now Get Reading) campaign publicist for seven years.

KIM POWELL is a writer and an award-winning blogger. Her blog, “The News with Nipples”, won the best commentary category in the 2011 Best Australian Blogs competition. She writes about the way the mainstream media treats women, and about news quality, feminism, politics, the embarrassing things she does, and the shitty bits that no one tells you about when you do a doctorate. Oh yeah, she’s doing a doctorate on the way that young people experience the news. It seemed the obvious thing to do after 10 years as a journalist, working in news and magazines. She blogs at and tweets as @newswithnipples.

The Group Editor of Alternative Media Group (AMG), MARCUS BRAID manages four newspapers: City News, Bondi View, City Hub and Inner West Independent. In a media market place saturated by Fairfax and News Limited owned outlets, Marcus works to ensure AMG provides a legitimate and engaging alternative source of news. He manages a team of approximately 30 freelance journalists, in addition to overseeing the actions of four Editors of AMG’s publications. Marcus completed a Masters degree in Journalism at the University of Technology in July this year. A passionate advocate of print media, Marcus hopes to encourage burgeoning journalists not to let the digital age sway them away from the newspaper medium.

TOBY “JANE” MCCASKER is a journalist, studio-level musician and sound engineer from Melbourne. He has written extensively for Blunt, Fangoria, ninemsn, Inpress, Rave, The Brag, triple j magazine, IGN, Official PlayStation Magazine, Hyper,, Penthouse, and Corker. He was Beat’s Metalocalypse columnist for five years until the publisher decided he used too many big words. He is the managing editor of Hysteria magazine, which is billed as the “Universe's bestest alternative rawk mag”, and he also moonlights as AskMen’s entertainment editor. He’s done some corporate copywriting but it made him want to kill himself. Right now, he’s in the middle of writing his first novella for May December Publications as part of a four-way collab with some really cool American writers. He is owned by a fat Bengal cat called “Sirius”.

ANNA VALDINGER is Commissioning Editor – Commercial Fiction at HarperCollins Sydney. She started her publishing career as in-house editor for Gregory & Company Authors’ Agents in London before moving to Pan Macmillan. She has worked across a number of genres such as women’s fiction, crime and thrillers, and literary fiction. Authors she has worked with include Kate Morton, Colleen McCullough, Minette Walters, Malla Nunn, Belinda Alexandra, Nikki Gemmell and Tara Moss. She moved to Australia in 2008 and worked at Pan Macmillan in Sydney before joining HarperCollins in October 2009 to take responsibility for developing the local commercial fiction list.

ANTHONY BLAIR is a director of Camerons Management/The Cameron Creswell Agency, where he's been an agent representing writers, directors and designers in theatre, film, television and book publishing for the last ten years. He holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature, Masters of Arts (Theatre and Film), an A.Mus.A in piano and a chunk of a law degree. Before becoming an agent, Anthony directed plays in the fringe in London, assessed plays and film scripts for various organisations and taught English and drama in schools and piano privately.

JULIE DITRICH is a director of Black Mermaid Productions, a comics team working in the fantasy genre with a focus on mermaid stories. Julie has contributed to the Oblagon comics anthology for Kaleidoscope (Australia), and as a writer on ElfQuest: WaveDancers for Warp Graphics (USA) and the Dart miniseries for Image Comics (USA), which resulted in sales of 270,000 comics all over the world. Her new comic book series, Elf~Fin: Hyfus & Tilaweed with artist Jozef Szekeres, will be launched later in 2012.
Blog: www.blackmermaid
Website: (to be relaunched in Sept/Oct 2012) and (to be launched in Aug/Sep 2012)

JACOB COATES is the founder of Jaffa Books, a new e-publishing company based in Brisbane. Jacob graduated from QUT’s creative writing degree in 2010 and Jaffa Books was conceived shortly afterwards, and successfully launched in 2011. As a publisher, Jacob is always looking for exciting new talents, and accepts a wide range of fiction across any genre and almost any length. Offering an attractive royalty deal for writers, Jaffa Books is well suited to first-time or upcoming authors.

IA UARO is a former teenage writer, petroleum seismologist and translator. At 17, Ia’s first fiction was published as a serial by a boys’ teen magazine in Indonesia. Inundated by her fans’ letters, Ia agreed when a publisher approached her to produce it as a book. Subsequently, the Indonesian department of education bought it for all school libraries. Ia used the proceeds to fund her studies at the Bandung Institute of Technology, during which time she studied petroleum seismology. After her graduation Ia worked with French, Norwegian and American geophysical companies. In late September Ia will release her first novel in English, Sydney’s Song, a coming-of-age story and a vivid portrayal of the people of Sydney. Facebook, Twitter, And United Friends Of Ia.

IRINA DUNN is the Director of the Australian Writers' Network, which has 8,000 subscribers throughout Australia and abroad. Previously she was Director of the NSW Writers' Centre for 15 years, as well as Manager of the Australian Writers’ Guild Authorship Collecting Society and Managing Editor at Booktopia. Irina wrote The Writer’s Guide: a companion to writing for pleasure or publication (Allen & Unwin), and the book she co-authored with two scientists, A Natural Legacy: Ecology in Australia, won the Royal Australian Zoological Society Prize for best text on the subject. Irina received an international prize for her documentary about the Australian women's peace movement, "Fighting for Peace". She represented NSW as an Independent Senator from 1988 to 1990. Irina was born in Shanghai, China, and is of Russian, Irish, Portuguese and Chinese background.


"With this line-up of
experienced industry insiders,
the day promises to provide
aspiring book writers
and journalists with all the
information they need to
further their professional
careers and interests."
novelist, editor, publisher,
author of The Prisoner of
Mt Warning and
Wild Bleak Bohemia.
To be held in the gorgeously
renovated HAROLD PARK
HOTEL in GLEBE (pictured
above), which has hosted
many literary events in past
years, the FIRST FRINGE
boasts a terrific line-up of
talented industry insiders
and trend-setters.
9AM-10.15AM: THE
ANDY PALMER, Allen & Unwin's publicity director, will talk about the difference between traditional media and life in the new digital age, and will provide tips on how authors can market themselves online.
10.15am-10.30am Morning tea
10.30AM-11.45AM: THE
Three journos talk about their profession of news gathering in the modern age and the opportunities for getting into the business of journalism.
The panellists are KIM POWELL, who writes “The News with Nipples”, an award-winning blog, MARCUS BRAID, who is News Editor for the Alternative Media Group, and Managing Editor of Hysteria magazine TOBY “JANE” MCCASKER.
11.45AM-1.00PM: WHAT
With years of experience between them, these two industry pros — ANNA VALDINGER, Commissioning Editor – Commercial Fiction at HarperCollins Sydney, and ANTHONY BLAIR, a director of Camerons Management/The Cameron Creswell Agency — can spot a good work of fiction or great theatre or film script at fifty paces.
Hear what kinds of novels publishers are looking for in the highly competitive Australian fiction marketplace, and what kinds of scripts make it to stage and screen.
1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch (a varied menu is available downstairs at the Harold Park Hotel)
2.00PM-3.15PM: COMICS
Australia is entering a new dawn of comics and graphic novel publishing.
The quality of storytelling and production values of late has been superb.
However, the “comics” medium is still misunderstood in the literary world where it is relegated to the fringes rather than the mainstream and recognised more as pop culture than high culture.
This session will initiate you into the world of comics, and will examine definitions, formats, building blocks and conventions, as well as current Oz comics trends and opportunities.
If you want to be part of the new wave of comics talent, then there is no better place to begin than here as JULIE DITRICH 
takes you through the paces of this exciting genre.
3.15pm-3.30pm: Afternoon tea
How do e-book publishers sell their titles?
How do young and emerging writers of e-books find their readers?
How can writers promote their work in this new digital environment?
Get the lowdown from e-book publisher JACOB COATES (Jaffa Books) and writer IA UARO, who will share her experience of building and maintaining online followers and gaining optimum exposure.
4.45pm-5pm: Networking and drinks
The sessions will be chaired by 2012 Fringe Festival Director IRINA DUNN.
Full price $125.50,
Concession $110.50 (students, pensioners, unwaged)
1. Tickets available by phoning
(02) 9020 6980 or at
2. Pay via Paypal
3. Or, if you prefer, you can
send a cheque made out to
GAMA, PO Box 136
Balmain NSW 2041
Irina Dunn
or mobile 0403 48 63 63.

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